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Archive of entries posted on December 2014

Best Reads of 2014

Each year I keep a list of the books I read all the way through, typically with brief notes, as a way of tracking my thoughts and a way to look back on each year and see some of what influenced me. So, in this post I have drawn from that list some of the […]

Best New Bible Reference Works in the Last Year

Each year I survey the new works of Bible reference (commentaries, etc.) for Preaching Magazine. Though I have mentioned it previously, with the end of year lists, it seemed a good time to post a link to this year’s article. The article runs from summer to summer so Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 is represented […]

Wonderful New Christmas Hymn

Merry Christmas from the Van Nestes! Here is a new favorite of my family’s after singing it at our church’s Christmas Eve service last night. It is a marvelous hymn, theologically rich and lyrically beautiful, written by Justin Wainscott. You can read Justin’s discussion of the hymn here. It can be sung to the tune […]

Dante on Preaching

In The Divine Comedy, Dante gives scathing rebukes to the corrupt church leaders of his day. In many ways he seems to foreshadow Luther.  In the following excerpt from Paradise Dante’s critique of preaching which relies on man-made ideas rather than the Word of God is relevant to us today. You mortals do not keep […]

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death, by Brian Croft & Phil Newton is a very helpful, practical little book on ministering well in the significant setting of a funeral. It would be hard to overestimate the importance of such a time in the life of anyone and the significance […]

“If we suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him”- Polycarp

Let us then continually persevere in our hope, and the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ, “who bore our sins in His own body on the tree,” “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth,” but endured all things for us, that we might live in Him. Let us then […]

“Second Adam from Above, Reinstate Us in Thy Love”

One of the best things about classic Christmas hymns is how good they are at biblical theology, of grasping how the incarnation fits in the story of the whole Bible. Many of these songs are filled with allusions to Old Testament texts which people today often miss, and these songs often connect Christ’s coming with […]

“The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns”

As we begin the Advent season, here is a hymn from an anonymous Greek original which captures well our longing for Christ’s return.   “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” The King shall come when morning dawns, And light triumphant breaks; When beauty gilds the eastern hills, And life to joy awakes. Not as […]